"Milky Way" tour showcases local creameries on July 4

Walton — Catskills Family Creameries has announced the second annual Come Travel the Milky Way, a one-day tour of farmstead creameries on Friday, July 4.  

Located throughout Delaware, Ulster and Schoharie counties, seven of these collaborating farms are opening their gates and creameries, inviting the public to meet the cows and goats that produce milk and demonstrating how butter, yogurt, cheese, milk and gelato are made! Activities on each farm begin at noon and end at 5 p.m. Each farm tour is different with some offering milking displays and demonstrations, hay rides and farm tours on the hour.
“One of my favorite things about the Milky Way tour is that it allows me to connect my farm with the community,” says Cyndi Wright, owner of Dirty Girl Farm, located in the Town of Andes. “We are excited to share our fresh, local products with families who want to learn more about dairy farms and creameries.”
Catskills Family Creameries is a regional collaboration of nine small family farm dairies dedicated to collective marketing of their products under the Catskills family Creameries brand. Seven of these working farms will host a farm tour on July 4. Open houses will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Betty Acres Farm/Modern Milkmaid (Delhi), Byebrook Farm (Bloom­ville), Cowbella Creamery (Jefferson), Dirty Girl Farm (Andes), Harpersfield Cheese by Brovetto Dairy & Cheese House (Jefferson), Lazy Crazy Acres (Arkville), and Sherman Hill Farmstead (Franklin).
Most farms have dirt driveways and, depending on the weather, may be muddy or dusty. Come to the farms in comfortable footwear and jeans or slacks, but please leave pets and dogs at home. 
Visitors making on-farm purchases will receive a commemorative, soft-sided insulated cooler (while supplies last). Come Travel the Milky Way will be held rain or shine. For more information about the participating farms, the creamery trail and map, your impact of buying local products, accommodations for out-of-town visitors and rest­aurants featuring Catskill Family Creameries products, visit  www.catskillsfamily creameries.com.
Catskills Family Creameries is an economic initiative of the Watershed Agricultural Council, which also administers the Pure Catskills Buy Local campaign. 
For more information on these programs, contact Beth McKellips at bmckellips@nycwatershed.org or 607 865-7090.